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How a Hat Helps You Take Mobile Calls and Enjoy Music

Tech experimentation never stops. Here’s a tech-inspired hat that allows you take a call or listen to music on your mobile phone, tablet or PC, while keeping your hands – and ears – completely free.

Delaware start-up Max Virtual has introduced this hat. On the outside, it looks like an ordinary baseball cap, and no earphones or earpieces are required for the user to hear the audio.

The new product is called ‘Cynaps’ and will be unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, January 8-11, in Eureka Park.

Cynaps uses bone conduction to transmit sound to the inner ear via two small vibrating modules within the lining of the hat. The resulting audio is crystal clear for the wearer, even while wearing earplugs, says the company.

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It can be wirelessly connected via Bluetooth to a mobile phone, tablet or PC to make calls or listen to music and video. The control panel under the bill provides easy access to useful features such as taking a call, adjusting volume and navigating playlists.

An advantage of Cynaps over earpieces or hand-held phones is stated to be its relative safety of use while driving or biking. Since both ears are free, the user remains more aware of surrounding traffic and will be better able to react in case of an emergency.

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Along with its first exhibition at CES, Max Virtual is currently featuring the Cynaps project on crowdfunding site Indiegogo at www.indiegogo.com/Cynaps.

Upon successful funding, the company plans to ship the first batch of hats out to Indiegogo backers next month. The company also plans to install the product into other headgear such as motorcycle helmets, headbands and a wider variety of hats in the near future.

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